Storing toys and other play area items outside the home can go a long way in reducing the clutter in your home and freeing up some much-needed space in the home. However, improper storage techniques can end up creating major headaches for you if you aren't careful. For example, some of the toys can end up getting damaged in storage, or you may find it difficult to retrieve them from storage. Here are some useful tips to avoid such storage complications:
Evaluate What Can Be Thrown Away
If you haven't thrown away some toys in the last few years, then chances are high that you are keeping a lot of junk. Now that you are taking things to self-storage, you have the opportunity to get rid of junk and remain with useful items. For example, get rid of damaged toys (that cannot be repaired) so that they don't occupy storage space unnecessarily. You can also donate or resell toys that all your children have outgrown and no longer need, especially if you don't have plans for further kids in the future.
Categorize the Toys
Separate the toys into different categories and put them in different boxes for ease of storage and retrieval. Put the toys that you are likely to come for first at the front of the storage unit and tuck the ones for long-term storage at the back of the unit. Separating toys also makes it easy to store fragile items in separate boxes.
Label the Boxes
Every box should be labeled before they are taken to self-storage, and this doesn't just apply to toys or playroom items. How wells will you know which boxes contain the electronics, the heat-sensitive toys, and those with glass parts? Proper labeling is also necessary for safe transportation and handling.
Consider Climate Control for Electronics
If you have playroom items with electrical or electronic parts, then you need to store them just as you would any other electronic items in your household. Take out the batteries for items that use batteries, so that they don't accidentally discharge and damage items in storage. Ideally, electronic items should be stored in climate-controlled units to avoid weather-related damage, such as those from moisture.
Use Soft Toys as Fillers
It's possible that you have both fragile and soft toys (such as stuffed animals) in your collection. You can use the soft items as filler materials to protect the fragile items from damage so that you don't have to invest in fillers.
Contact a company like Horton Properties Mini Storage for more information and assistance.